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Item # FXR0039

Big, fast lines call for the added protection of Fox Racing's Bomber Bike Gloves.

Any biker who has ever cut a corner a little too tight a clipped a tree with their hand will appreciate the Fox Racing Bomber Bike Glove's burly polycarbonate knuckle protection. Designed for freeride and downhill bikers, these beefy gloves also include double-layered Pittards leather palms to increase their resistance to grip abrasion and sliding crashes.

Tech Specs

pittards leather, polycarbonate
Recommended Use:
freeride, downhill

Size chart

Fox Racing

Hand Length 7.2 - 7.4in
7.4 - 7.6in
7.6 - 7.9in
7.9 - 8.1in
8.1 - 8.3in
8.3 - 8.6in
8.6 - 8.8in
US Men's Shoe Size 5-8 9-13
How to Measure:
Measure around the fullest part of the hand not including the thumb. If you're right handed, use your right hand and vice versa.
Socks are measured in US Men's shoe sizes.

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If Batman was a biker...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I love these gloves. I bought them for chilly weather riding and also to protect my hands from snagging trees that are too close to the trail. I recently upgrade bikes and the handlebars are a bit wider which has caused me to clip more trees than I'd like to admit. Now that I'm wearing these gloves my hands are protected and I feel like I can continue to push hard through the trails.

Other than that, the gloves fit nice, and are reinforced where they need to be. The should hold up to season after season of abuse just like all my previous Fox gloves have done.

knuckles of steal ,I mean carbon !

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These turned my weak hands into some indestructible branch bashers. They offer some of the best protection I have found throughout the gloves I have used and do not restrict hand movement or feel super "padded"

Sizing is right on point


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I have used one pair of these gloves for nearly six years. Yes, that's right. I bought them in a L in a little shop in Indiana. I've ridden them in Texas summers, Moab winter/spring, and every season in Wyoming. I'm a teacher and I spend most of my summer on my bike riding aggressive All-Mountain trails and granite filled XC so they've taken their due punishment.

My gloves fit pretty snug-but that could be from years of sweat and washing now. The polycarbonate knuckles have never bothered me and cradle my knuckles perfectly enough I don't think I would prefer separate knuckle protection. I ride 820mm bars and the 'knuckle duster' has saved me some skin plenty of times. When the polycarbonate plates does its job, the impact/abrasion is mitigated without any discomfort to the hard (obviously I'm not talking about hard falls directly to the hand & wrist). The leather in the palms is strong and shows little signs of wearing out.

I've had no issues with the stitching on my gloves nor the Velcro. The palms are double stitched and the majority of the rest of the glove is single stitched but I have yet to notice any fraying or blown seams. This makes me wonder if there aren't some cheap counterfeit products floating around...

Let's talk about breathability. They're made of pittards leather and polycarbonate. I don't know of much leather that "breathes well" and these are no different. If this is your only glove (like me) and you're wearing them on an 85+ degree bike ride it's going to be hot--just like the rest of you and your sweaty gear. I've ridden these soaked through with sweat and the only issue that arises is the tacky tips on the index and middle finger no longer stick. When dry, these tips stick like 5.10 rubber on pins.

Sizing: find them in a store and try them on if you're worried about the fit. Or buy them here and return them if you don't like the fit (backcountry has truly amazing customer service) but don't down-rate the glove just because it didn't fit right the first time. They're gloves-expect less sensitivity and a light loss of dexterity--they're called "bomber" for a reason and if you're looking for light, breathable, excessively tactile these aren't going to make you happy. If you need something you can wear and beat to hell-you'll love these.

All of that said, it's time to buy a new pair. Why? Well because these ones smell so damn bad. I wash them and one ride in they smell like an unholy abomination again. So they'll be retired to the emergency bike gear box in the truck. Yup, the smell is that bad. But considering they're still functionally sound and have endured the abuse they have, I will without doubt buy the same pair again.

For the record-I've never been unimpressed with Fox quality.

Avg. ride time: 25m per week
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Pretty Durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first set of these gloves I used almost daily for nearly a year. These aren't designed to be skin tight. If they are, they'll probably start splitting at the webbing between the index finger and thumb.

I'm on my second set since in three years. This pair tore near the velcro from being put on and taken off so much, but they still work fine.

I will likely get another pair eventually.

Knuckles don't fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I wanted some burly gloves for downhill MTB and thought these would be great. They are very solid, double layer palm and has that extra knuckle protection, but the latter is also their downfall. The glove size was right, however I must have wider knuckles than they think a small size hand should have because after one day in the bike park my knuckles were raw from rubbing against the plastic protection since they did not fit exactly into the mold. Would be great for those whose knuckles fit! Same thing happened to my boyfriend who had to return his.

Raw knuckles here too! Got used to them after a couple rides but on all day rides they are not my go to gloves!

Wholesome bar banging

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought these for a little more protection during Crit races. I've wore them a couple times and love em. My Girlfriend even crashed in them during her Crit race with no damage to her fingers or knuckles!!

Avg. ride time: 1h 40m per week
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awesome gloves

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these for aggressive trail and park riding and they have held up after several months of use and some hard crashes. Snug but comfortable fit. Some of the best gloves I've tried. Only downside: hot in the summer.

Love it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I like this gloves, they fit well, (although at first i thought they were tight) nope wear it a bit before you decide to ship it back. They are perfect, so far it got like 85 here and my hands never got so hot. Last week on Kingdom Trails I fell once on them OMG if I didn't have them I'd get a nice road rash on my right palm. It protects well.

Excellent gloves

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Took a hard fall and they did the job well of protecting my hands from severe road rash. The fit is perfect almost like having no gloves.

One step short of great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Bought these gloves to ride the rocky trails of western Colorado. These would be great except for the fact that the piece made to protect the knuckles is one solid piece vs a piece for every knuckle. Hands and knuckles move in your glove when you ride...the knuckle protectors should move too. All of my knuckles are uncomfortable shortly into a ride.

I'll be returning these for something more functional.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These are heavy duty gloves. Perfect for DH or some flowy trail. I don't use them if I am XC or climbing because they don't vent well, and don't have the greatest flexibility if I am in and out of bags/pockets/phone/etc. They protect if you lay down the bike and use your hand to catch you, or if you get to close to a branch.

Fox Racing Bomber Gloves

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having had to contend with slippery-when-wet crosswalk paint, trolley car tracks, and wide, metal bridge spans and having wiped out a couple of times, I needed gloves with knuckle protection.

My mountain bike gloves with thick padding on the back of the fingers and hands are threadbare. I could not pull on or off XL Oakley gloves because the openings were too small. Most important, the gloves knuckle protection, made up of rubber rings, seemed only to be cosmetic.

My hand fits XL North Face, EMS, etc. winter gloves with some space for warm air circulation. Mountain Bike gloves, however, should be snugger for most riders to operate shifters, brake levers, and bells.

Fox XLRacing Bomber Gloves are easy to pull on and off and made even easier thanks to the velcro strap on the back of the cuff. The knuckle protection is actually some type of hard plastic integrated into the glove material.

The cosmetics are more subtle than the Oakleys, especially with the brand name, but make the glove look pretty sharp. To be nit-picky, they should have added some color to the knuck plastic so you can seem.

These gloves feel secure on the grips and allow you to move your fingers easily. They are also snug enough at the finger tips to depress, with a bit of effort, rubber buttons on your lights, convenient as the temps drop.

I have used these gloves already in temperatures as low as 34F (plus "bike wind chill") and they provide enough of a wind block to keep my hands comfortable.

Having had two new gloves and an older pair to compare, I can confidently say that Fox beats Oakley for function, comfort, cosmetics, and design. Both gloves are snug and the material fairly thin. The knuckle protection on the Fox glove is serious, but hopefully, I will never have to find out on the bike or at a bar to prove my testosterone level is high. In fact, I may order another pair as the snows will come soon.

Almost Bombproof.

    These gloves are great for protecting the digits. Only issue I have is there is a couple of panels on the outside edge of the hand that are put together with some kind of adhesive that is coming loose on my right hand. Other than that, I would highly recommend!

    all around solid

      these are the best gloves I have owned for MTB. They are durable and provide maximum protection all while still keeping fairly cool. I was surprised to find they used leather on the upper and the double stitched palm was icing on the cake. Definitely recommend these. For everyone that has fitment questions, order in your regular size. They are spot on.


        I love these things. awesome protection and a nice fit.

        only down sides is that the hard plastic can get a bit annoying before you get em worn in. and the lack of air ventilation makes your hands sweat.

        all in all if you value awesome protection and grip get a pair!

        Solid gloves

          If your are downhilling or freeriding and value protection, I cant imagine a glove offering anything more. These are heavy and very hot in warm weather, but they will protect your hands. Entire glove is heavy and the shells on the outside wil save your knuckles. They look a bit bulky but when they are on you dont even feel any of the armour on the outside.

          These are tough gloves

            The only thing stopping me from giving these super tough gloves 5 stars is the rubber stripping on a couple of fingers has started coming off. It's just cosmetic, not a functional issue.

            These gloves performed well for me in a 12 hour downhill race. I went down on a snowy gravel road at 40 mph and slid a good ways on one hand. The tough leather palm held up and kept me from turning my hand into hamburger.

            I've taken a couple of hard shots to the knuckle area and no damage. The protection has held up well. I would recommend these to anyone looking for some serious hand protection. They look pretty sharp, too.

            These are tough gloves